The first signs fire had broken out on Zogg Mine Road last month came in six minutes after Pacific Gas and Electric Co. began receiving reports of problems in its electrical distribution system in the area.
The first problems were noted at 2:40 p.m., and by 2:46 p.m. two weather satellites were picking up signs of a fire in the area of the Zogg Fire on Sunday, Sept. 27, according to documents filed in federal court this week.
By 3 p.m. a PG&E worker some 10 miles away on Knighton Road east of Interstate 5 reported seeing smoke in the distance, the report PG&E filed in federal court said.
While the utility said in the filing, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, a series of problems in SmartMeters and its power line on Zogg Mine Road began to unfold just minutes before fire was detected by the satellites.
The Zogg Fire went on to burn more than 56,000 acres and kill four people. The blaze also destroyed 204 buildings and damaged another 27, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Two families filed a lawsuit last week in Shasta County Superior Court against PG&E, claiming the utility did not properly maintain its power lines and did not adequately trim and cut trees away from electrical lines.
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